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Austin sees zero new COVID hospital admissions for first time since start of pandemic


For the first time since March 16, 2020, Austin Public Health reported zero new COVID-related hospital admissions on Monday in the Austin metro.

Subsequently, the seven-day moving average of hospital admissions is the lowest it has been since March 2020 at 4.8. COVID numbers have been on a decline since last month after the omicron surge brought the highest case counts seen in the entire pandemic.

As of Monday, 47 people are hospitalized with COVID with 17 in ICU. APH is currently in Stage 2 of COVID risk out of five levels.

It's a new chapter for COVID in Austin as APH closes some testing sites due to declining demand.

Still, health officials have warned of another omicron COVID variant, BA.2, that could bring forth another surge in cases. The new variant is believed to be more infectious but not more severe. It is estimated to account for about 25% or 30% of new cases in the U.S. as it spreads in China and Europe.


Staff seeks to build a better way to manage homeless encampments

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Lead architect behind new Meta tower gives inside look into soon-to-be tallest building in Austin


A park in the sky. That’s how Ed Muth, Gensler principal-in-charge of the Sixth and Guadalupe project, describes the outdoor deck on level 14 of the building.

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